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Important Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Office

With Ricky Gervais’ classic character David Brent returning in the film David Brent: Life on the Road, we thought we’d take a look at the show where it all began for everyone’s least favourite boss: The Office. Here are the important things you probably didn’t know about the show that would become one of the UK’s biggest comedy exports. With the passage of time it has grown enormously and has been remade in many countries until 2022. Here are some of the important things that you probably did not know about the office show.

  1. It’s been shown in over 80 countries around the world

via Genius.com
via Genius.com

2. Not only was it the first British sitcom in more than 25 years to be nominated for a Golden Globe, it was the very first British sitcom to win one, which it did in 2003

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via Clipd.com

3. That same year, Ricky Gervais also won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series: Comedy or Musical and was the first non-American to receive the award

via Bbc.co.uk
via Bbc.co.uk

4. When it was first shown on BBC Two, it got really bad ratings and was nearly cancelled because of this

via Theguardian.com
via Theguardian.com

5. Though when it was released on DVD, it would become the BBC’s biggest selling comedy release

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via Deviantart.com

6. Ricky Gervais has no regrets about ending the show, even though only 14 episodes of it were ever made (two series of six episodes each, plus two Christmas specials)

via Britishaisles.wordpress.com
via Britishaisles.wordpress.com

7. Thanks to the success of the UK show, The Office has been remade in the US, France, Germany, Canada, Chile, Israel and Sweden

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via A208ellisc.wordpress.com

8. The longest running of these is the US series, which ran for 9 seasons and 201 episodes from 2005 to 2013

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via Filmgarb.com

9. Simpsons creator Matt Groening watched an episode of the show on a plane and liked it so much he bought a Region 2 DVD player just so he could watch the show on DVD

via Technobuffalo.com
via Technobuffalo.com

10. David Brent makes two brief appearances in the US version of the show and gets to meet his US counterpart Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell

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via Youtube.com

11. Co-writer Steven Merchant was trying to get a job at the BBC when he partnered with Ricky Gervais and together they came up with the basic idea for The Office

via Dailystar.co.uk
via Dailystar.co.uk

12. The BBC were delighted with the short video and asked Merchant and Gervais to make a full series out of it

via Themirror.co.uk
via Themirror.co.uk

What else do you know about the office. Let us know if you know something and we don’t about the popular show in the comments. We will appreciate it.

James Gibson
James Gibson
I'm a Classics graduate and have been writing for over three years. Hopefully going to go into novel writing some day. I'm mostly interested in theme parks and roller coasters - I've been on 300 coasters and plan on going on lots more!

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